Team News: Exeter City v Bolton Wanderers

  • January 12, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Tuesday evening pits Bolton against Exeter City, giving Ian Evatt and his players their longest journey of the season.

More than 250 miles separate St James Park from the University of Bolton Stadium, with the Grecians tucked away in the south-westerly region of Devon.

If that doesn't sound unappealing enough, Trotters boss Ian Evatt's task has been made all the more difficult as injuries, suspensions and the status of loan players begins to bite at this crucial stage of the campaign.

Evatt was rocked on Monday morning as news filtered through that Peter Kioso's loan spell at the club had been ended early by his loan club, Luton Town.

Kioso had been suspended for Wanderers' last outing - a 1-0 defeat at home to Crawley Town - but with Reiss Greenidge now serving a one-match ban following a dismissal in that game, the timing couldn't have been much worse.

To compound matters, Declan John's debut will be put back as he awaits the results of scans on a hamstring injury suffered in training, leaving only Gethin Jones, Harry Brockbank, Jamie Mascoll and forgotten man Jak Hickman available to play wing-back.

Two unnamed players are self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, although a number of close contacts will be part of the travelling party after returning negative follow-up tests in the subsequent days.

George Taft joins Liam Gordon and Muhammadu Faal out on loan after he agreed to spend the rest of the season at Scunthorpe United, while Wanderers remain without long-term absentees Dennis Politic, Shaun Miller and Liam Edwards, the latter of whom underwent surgery to remove screws from his knee last week.

Arthur Gnahoua is closing on a return from a dislocated shoulder but isn't yet expected to feature.

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